29 July 2014

Dear  Garma Ticketholder,
Only 3 days to go until you are walking amongst the Stringybark trees of Gulkula, taking part in what’s  described as the most significant gathering of Indigenous cultural exchange in Australia, Garma 2014!
Please refer to the last minute reminders for guests below , if you’ve booked tickets on behalf of other please be sure to relay this information to your group:
·         Alcohol and other drugs: Garma is an alcohol and drug free event. Alcohol and drugs are not permitted at the Gulkula site where Garma is held. Alcohol is also banned at the Yirrkala community. Penalties for taking alcohol and other drugs into restricted areas can be severe. The Yothu Yindi Foundation prides itself on delivering our event in an alcohol and drug free environment. Police sniffer dogs may be present at the airport and throughout the Garma site.
·         Driving to Garma: If you plan to commute to Gove via the central Arnhem highway please take care. A high clearance four wheel drive vehicle is essential for guests travelling this route. Be sure to engage 4WD on all dirt roads. Garma guests increase traffic on the Central Arnhem Highway (which is a dirt road), reducing visibility considerably. Roads are unsealed and there are some difficult river crossings (including the Goyder River crossing), large corrugations and roads are prone to washouts. Do not swim at the river crossings as salt water crocodiles inhabit these areas. Be particularly careful at night – buffaloes and other animals can stray on to the road. Be sure to drive to the conditions at all times. DO NOT SPEED! Carry plentiful food, fuel and water, spare tyre(s) and a puncture repair kit.  A special arrangement has been made so that your Garma ticket doubles as a valid permit to drive this route. Please have your ticket on hand at all times for presentation to local authorities. Be sure to check road conditions before departure Visit our website to download a PDF of destination points on the Central Arnhem Highway.
·         Students: Those who have booked student rate tickets to Garma are required to present their  current Full time Student ID upon arrival at the ticketing office. ID is not required from high school students and those under 18 years of age.
·         We suggest you pack:  towel, pillow and sheets, torch and batteries, toiletries, sunscreen, Wide brim hat, mosquito repellent, shoes, small backpack, drink bottle, pen and notepad.
·         Dietary Requirements: Our caterers know that some of you are vegetarian, vegan and gluten intolerant, those applicable need simply notify our caterers upon being served. If you have a more complicated dietary requirement, please make yourself known to our caterers in between service periods so that they can plan ahead to provide you with suitable meals throughout Garma.
·         Accommodation: On arrival you will be shown to a tent, equipped with a  sleeping bag and inflatable mattress. If you feel  the supplied  camping gear will not be sufficient to meet your needs we welcome you to supply your own. To make your stay more comfortable we encourage you to bring your own pillows and sheets, as these will not be provided.
·         Terms and Conditions: All guests are  required to sign hard copies of the Garma terms and conditions on arrival at Garma, as compliance is a condition of entry. All of the event terms can be found here: Save time at the registration office by familiarising yourself with the terms and conditions in advance of arriving at Garma.
·         The Garma Guide: All of the above information, plus much more can be downloaded in a convenient PDF from
Lastly, for the Yothu Yindi Foundation, Garma means all hands on deck! Hence our office line will be unattended between 30 July  and 8 August.  Please send all enquiries to during this period.

See you at Garma!


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